Monday, August 30, 2010

School Altered Notebook

With school just starting, it seems the perfect time to present one of my latest projects for Crate Paper - an altered notebook, for either you or your kids.

Here's how I made it:

And some close-ups:

Last week went well for with school starting, Em was disapointed that she was off for the weekend. I don't think I have been alone this much for quite a while. Both sad and

*****And while I'm sharing a video today, I wanted to tell you that I am in the top 3 of the Helmar Video Contest and it's down to voting if you don't mind.....please, take a peek at the entries and pick your fave! Helmar blog


Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Heart

These two make my heart so happy.

I love the daisies in the WonderFall line from Webster's - they are so fresh and sunny. I added some brown chalk inking around the background to add some contrast. Oh, and we're having a chat tonight at inspireMe: 9PM EST Hope you can join us.

Jocelyn asked where you could buy - Delight - the air dry clay I used to make the buttons (here). It is available at most hobby stores, like Michaels and I have also used the kids Crayola air dry modeling clay (Model Magic) with similar results - it's so fun to work with!

Em's first days at school have been great - she told me her first day was the best day of her entire life and her teacher is the best teacher in the whole school. So sweet. I just wanted to thank those of you who asked about her. :)

I guess that's it for now, I'm exhausted...I'm not really an early moring person and this school schedule is killing me! lol

Monday, August 23, 2010


I hope it isn't too corny, but my daughter is so lovely to me....and the journaling cards from the Cosmo Cricket DeLovely line were so perfect to share my emotions in this layout. The titles of the papers were just so cute that I couldn't bear to throw them away - so I trimmed them into word arrows to accent my page.

I handcut two sizes of flowers from the yellow floral paper and layered them with a pearl brad to make a dimensional flower.

I've so enjoyed working with the Paper Poppy kit this month! Hope you have a 'lovely' day!

I'm headed out the door to 'meet the teacher'. Little girl's first day of school tomorrow. She's ready, not so sure about me.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Stuck Sketches

I was happy to be asked to guest at Stuck Sketches this week and played with their great sketch!

I did some handcutting with the October Afternoon - Thrift Store line - these are such gorgeous papers and I feel terrible they sat in my stash for so long. But at least a good use for them now. ;)

Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend! School starts here on Monday....there has been a lot of discussing of kindergarten.....Em asked me the cutest thing. She wondered what should she do if they did something that she didn't know. (she was so worried...awww) I told her that if she already knew everything then she wouldn't need to go to school. At least I can still handle the simple questions. hehe

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Days Gone By

I found a wonderful vintage magazine called Comfort {May 1930} at the local antique mart and immediately fell in love with the vintage ads and this wonderful cross-stich pattern. It was perfectly suited for my theme with Restoration by Crate Paper and this photo of my grandma and her sister.

Aren't the vintage look chipboard signs adorable?!?

Each one reminded me of something about her life.

I painted the doily with Shimmerz Pearlz - I love the contrast it provided and left the doily nice and soft. And also you can see a couple of the buttons I made using paper clay and Shimmez - you can see the video here:

I've been trying to get back into creating mode....I've really gotten into a slump. I'm going to try scraplifting myself to get a boost. Hope that helps. What do you do jump start your creativity?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Golden Days - RAK winner

Ah, the golden days of summer.....there is just something about the light in the late afternoon, especially on the water.

I worked a little freestyle in here - just letting the photo take center stage and using the Maya mist like a watercolor with a brush and adding a bit of Tea Dye Distress ink to accent.

I love the yellow twine in the kit this month and just let it fall where it may and stapled in place...kind of fun, I think.

The frame around the photo is digital - from Kitchy Digitals - I love to add hybrid accents to my pages to give the appearance of depth.

This is my favorite layout I created with the kit from Paper Poppy this month....such a lovely moment captured forever.


Sorry, I'm a bit late posting my Webster's RAK winner from the other week.....vacation got in the way. ;)

The winner of the Webster's goodies is: MEG!!!!!!


Just got in last night and trying to get settled from vacation....our last week before school starts. I'll see you when the smoke clears...hehe.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Garden Fresh

One of my favorite summer loves is garden fresh veggies and freshly washed from the rain - what could be better? Last year my husband put in a small raised bed in our backyard. He and my daughter enjoyed working together, planting, watering and harvesting.

I've had these great photos printed for a while, waiting for the perfect papers to match - and the August kit, from the Paper Poppy, certainly did that!

I wanted to make the title pop a bit off the strawberry, so I misted the letters with the Maya mist from the kit and let them dry before applying. It gave a great watercolor effect and didn't warp the letters at all.

And a couple of photos I took off my camera this morning.....we'll be home in a few days and it has been so wonderful. :)

The dunes have captured my attention this natural Florida and starkly beautiful.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Summer Student

I took a little different approach to Crate Paper School Spirit. Since it is our last summer before Emma starts kindergarten, it seemed appropriate. I love this photo so much - my baby is growing up so quickly.

This layout was in the Crate booth at CHA, I was so excited to send it off to them!

I used the banner stickers and added some hand stitching to make the photo stand out.

Hope you have a great's been a crazy week, with packing and cleaning...I hate to leave the house in a mess, or really, I hate to come home to a dirty house from vacation. Now I can relax and enjoy our trip. See you soon!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Simple, Moderate, Complex - RAK below.....

We are doing something a little different this month at Webster's Pages - the designers are the 'guests' and we are sharing about ourselves and presenting some projects showing our work in progression - or how you can make Webster's work with any style. Now my normal style is more on the complex side, I would say but I really like all of the stages of my layouts. Each one is complete on it's own. Everything here is from the Seaside collection - one of my faves.

Simple: This would be my basic simple design with the matted photo, title and journaling.

Moderate: On the moderate layout you can see how I've trimmed down the background and matted it on white, added in some trim behind the photo, added the compass and some buttons.

Complex: For my final version I have added handcut elements from the Seaside papers and more buttons and another layer of paper in the upper left corner to accent.

And a few detail shots:

I'd love to hear what you think about the different layouts and which one appeals to you more.....I think Webster's will work for any taste and style. And to let you try it, leave me a comment about which is your favorite and I'll do a RAK and share some Webster's Pages from my stash with you. You can also check out the other designer's 3 versions - here at inspireME.

I thought this was such an appropriate photo - as I am heading out the door for the beach!! :) See you soon!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Paper Poppy

I had a wonderful time guest designing with the August kit from the Paper Poppy kit club this month!! Thank you, Aphra for sending me such a fabulous and fun kit to work with!! It's has tons of gorgeous Cosmo Cricket DeLovely and Summer Squash from Jillibean Soup, AC brads and letters - twine- Maya Road flowers and mist!!

My first project is using their monthly sketch - Em is learning to dive this summer and I had to laugh at these photos!! lol

Here is Liz Qualman's awesome sketch, as you can see, I followed the sketch pretty closely as it worked perfectly with my photos.

Don't those balloons just scream summer party?!?

The title effect was one of those happy accidents.....thank goodness. I started by painting the letters black and then they were too dark, so I sanded them back - then painted them white and they looked kind of grey, so I painted some dots with Shimmerz Pearlz and then they were too spotty, so I painted over all of that with the green Maya mist....whew!! I'm embarrassed to say how long I fiddled with them. lol

Hope you have a great week - I'm trying to get everything done before vacation!!! Woohoo - the beach in just a few days!

****I recently had a question asked about how I store my dimensional layouts from Donna. And I use 3 ring binders - I usually buy the American Crafts ones and I don't pack too many pages into each book to give some breathing room. If anything on the layout sticks off the page - on the side, I cut a slit in the page protector with a craft knife to let it extend. If you have an extremely dimensional area on the surface you could cut an area out of the page protector, too. Thanks for asking! *****